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Beginner’s Guide to Snowshoeing

Posted by on March 26, 2013

Remember in the Ghostbusters movie, when they emphasized the importance of not crossing streams? It’s the exact same thing with snowshoeing. Only it’s your snowshoes you don’t want to cross when walking or turning—which could possibly result in you plummeting into the fluffy snow and floundering there like a rather clumsy bear. Not that this happened to me. But it might possibly have happened to my husband, who spent the next 15 minutes digging snow out of his camera.

Despite this setback, snowshoeing is surprisingly easy once you get the hang of it, and also a wonderful way to experience pristine, snowy scenery. Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you’re a newbie to snowshoes.

1. Choose a great location with lots of snow

We went to Door County, Wisconsin, which is located on a peninsula that juts out into Lake Michigan and has plenty of beautiful, unspoiled state parks. And it was the perfect introduction to snowshoeing for us. We snowshoed in the Ridges Sanctuary and Whitefish Dunes State Park and both locations were just gorgeous with piles of fresh white snow everywhere. Pick a spot where guides are available, as it will make the experience much better. In our case, they pointed out the local trees, foliage and wildlife.

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